The University of Louisville presents its annual prizes for outstanding works in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and gives a religion prize jointly with the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In April, the 2017 award recipients visited Louisville to discuss their winning ideas and accept their awards. Learn more and view photos and videos.
The Black Social Gospel emerged from the trauma of Reconstruction
and became an important tradition of religious thought and resistance,
providing the intellectual underpinnings of the civil rights movement.
Author and ethicist Gary Dorrien received the 2017 Grawemeyer Award
in Religion for exploring the early history and influences of the Black
Social Gospel and offering a new perspective on modern Christianity
and the civil rights era.
The New Abolition
Contributing to conflict or
An examination of the influence foreign-backed funding for
education has on war-torn countries and how such aid affects
humanitarian and peace-building efforts has earned Dana Burde
the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.
Her book, “Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan,”
analyzes the relationship between education and conflict and
traces the effects of politically biased education programs.
His orchestral exploration of the relationship of choice
and chance, free will and control earned Andrew Norman
the 2017 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
“Play” maps concepts from the world of video gaming onto
traditional symphonic structures to tell a fractured narrative
of power, manipulation, deceit and, ultimately, cooperation.
The political classroom
Teachers should encourage conversations about difficult
political issues because those discussions help students
understand diverse points of view and become more
politically engaged adults.
Authors and educators Diana Hess and Paula McAvoy
won the 2016 Grawemeyer Award in Education for exploring
the role of teachers in perpetuating serious, thoughtful
political deliberation in schools.
Balancing Acceptance and
commitment to change
A psychology professor who developed a therapy to treat
chronically suicidal patients and extended its power to help
people with other disorders won the 2017 Grawemeyer
Award for Psychology.
Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy has been shown
to be effective for conditions previously considered untreatable
such as borderline personality disorder, which is characterized
by impulsivity, interpersonal problems and self-destructive urges.